How to Buy a Domain Name For a Website

Now that we have explained the importance of having a domain name in our previous article on Why Should Buy a Domain Name, it is time to learn how to buy a domain name for a website. You will find, in your search, that there are hundreds of platforms where you can purchase a domain name, but lets see what exact steps you need to consider when doing so, and what registers offer the most bang for the buck.

So before we get into the steps on how to buy a domain name for a website, let us give you a quick refresher on some of the key reasons for having one!

      1. Control over your information:

      Having a domain name puts you in charge of what personal information is shared online. No matter what other details are out there, when you have a domain name, your website always shows first in the search engine.

       2. Brand and Credibility:

      Having a domain name gives you an outlet upon which to build your brand and credibility, which is essential in the business world.

      3. Professionalism:

     From a new e-mail address to the place where you can neatly organize and keep all of your data, having a domain name puts your professionalism on another level.

      4. Money making:

    Advertising revenue, product sale and affiliate marketing, among others, help you monetize your blog/website, so buying a domain name is the first step in actually making money blogging.

      5. Cost efficiency:

     As we are about to discover, buying a domain name is very cost-effective and low-risk, so why not give it a try?

When it comes to buying a domain name, our favorite places, or the so-called registers, are  uniregistry.com, hostgator.com and namecheap.com. All three websites offer excellent service and customer support, but before you make your way there, here is how to buy a domain name for a website.

According to Christophere Heng, a blogger from The Site Wizard, buying a domain name requires registering the preferred name of your domain with The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Lets say you want to register your domain as “vortex.com.” Your next step is to go to a register like https://uniregistry.com, hostgator.com and namecheap.com, pick your name and pay a registration fee.  

Note, however, that domain names are under a high demand, so the name that you wish to purchase may not be available. This is why it is important to not procrastinate on buying one— there are thousands of people who purchase a domain name every minute and it is your job to act fast and get the best one you can get.

Christopher Heng provides here a personal insight on how to buy a domain name for a website.

“My personal preference is to register the name directly with a domain name registrar rather than through my web host. I’ve heard stories, in the past, of less-than-reputable web hosts that registered the domain under their own name, making them the owner of the domain rather than you (although I don’t know if such web hosts still exist today). Registering direct with a domain name registrar allows me to make sure that I am registered as the owner, the administrative and technical contacts. Being the owner is vital — if someone else places himself as the owner (such as your web host), he can always decide to charge you some exorbitant fee for the use of the name later, and there is little you can do. The various other contacts are less vital, but may still play important roles, depending on your registrar. For example, for some registrars, the administrative contact’s approval is required before a domain name is transferred out of a web host (or at least, it used to be). If he/she cannot be contacted, the technical contact is used.”

So follow these steps as you  buy a domain name for a website:

  1. Come up with an interesting, relevant domain name. If you are an individual starting a blog, you might want to go with a version of your name. If you are buying a domain for an organization, you should make the name of the organization clear in your domain.
  2. Heng strongly advices on making sure to obtain from your previous host (if you have one) the names of their primary and secondary name servers. This is used to guide your domain name to your website once you buy the domain.
  3. In terms of having your domain pointed to your website, Heng says here, “If you do not have a web host, you can always allow the registrar to park your domain name at a temporary website specially set up for you. This way you can quickly secure your domain name before it’s too late and still take your time to set up the other aspects of your site. As far as I can tell, most registrars (or probably all) automatically park your domain by default whether you ask them to or not, so if this is your situation, you probably don’t have to do anything special to get it done.”
  4. Finally, go to   https://uniregistry.com, hostgator.com or namecheap.com and purchase your desired domain name.

And voila! You have just learned how to buy a domain name and are all set for your next adventure! With a new domain name, you now have the opportunity to create a stellar platform upon which to build your own business. Remember, nothing comes over night, so it will definitely take some time before you can brag about the success of your blog to your peers. Treat blogging like a job and show dedication. Only then will you attract traffic to your website and eventually find means with which to monetize it.

To learn how to monetize a blog, please refer to our post on How To Make Money With Online Blogging- Doing What You Love.

Happy writing!

Referrences:

Heng, Christopher. The Site Wizard, http://www.thesitewizard.com/

Photo, Namerific Blog via https://www.namerific.com/blog/why-a-dot-com-domain-name-is-important-for-any-business/

How to Add an Image to a WordPress Post

Now that you have decided to start writing a blog, it is time to learn how to add an image to a WordPress post. Having images not only makes your blog visually more appealing, but also boosts the number of viewers per post. Think about it, visual tools aid to the overall understanding of a matter and are the easiest way for you to grab a reader’s attention. Whether you are presenting a tutorial, like the one bellow,  or showcasing your products and services,  being able to visually address your key points will make your blog even more engaging.

Original images generally work best in posts where personal experience, products and services are being discussed. However, if you are looking for more generic, royalty- free images, your best go to are stock photo websites. Shutterstock, Bigstock and Adobe Stock are some of the websites where you can find images on  any topic imaginable.

So here is a step-by-step tutorial of how to add an image to a WordPress Post!

Step 1: Decide where in the post you want to add an image, then click on ‘ADD MEDIA’ as shown bellow.

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Step 2: Next, click on ‘upload files’ and select the image you would like to upload from your computer.

You can simply drop it anywhere inside of the window, or manually select the file’s location. Then click ‘insert into post’ in the bottom right corner.

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Step 3: Write the Caption .

Your selected image will appear with a check mark. Write the title and caption of your assigned image, then click ‘insert into post.’

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Step 4: Align the image.

Hover over the image to select the alignment. You have an option between left, right and center alignment.

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This what a left-aligned image looks like:
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And this is what a centered image looks like:

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Step 5: Another option is to insert an image directly from the Web using the ‘INSERT FROM URL’ feature 

Select ‘insert from URL,’ paste the link and proceed with the above steps.

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Step 6: Select Featured Image.

This is the background image that will display with your post (think cover photo). Select it using the same method. Note that once inserted into the post, you will not be able to see the image until you click ‘UPDATE’ on the upper right corner of your post.

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Your featured image will have a check mark. Next, click ‘insert into post.’step-11And voila, you’re done! This is what your featured image will display as- right above the title of your post. step-12

 

And that’s it! It’s as simple as that!

Remember that with images, your primary goal is to aid the overall understanding of the topic, so make sure that each image serves a purpose. All images must speak to the reader in some way, so spend some time researching your best fit and deciding where in the text you want your images to be. Short posts generally work best with images embedded between the first two paragraphs. With longer post, should strive to add multiple images to keep your reader engaged all throughout.

Lastly, do not forget to properly caption your images. Every caption should be in the form of [PHOTO TITLE]. Photo Credits, [AUTHOR’S NAME], via [INSERT URL]. Similarly, always include a reference list at the end of each post, with proper image citations. Remember, not doing so is plagiarism and subject to third-party web content removal.

Happy writing!